Get ready to celebrate winter while helping your local community at the area’s newest wintertime celebration — WinterFest, Saturday, Jan. 25, at Oglebay Park! The fun kicks off at noon Saturday with the Polar Bear Plunge at Schenk Lake, followed at 2 p.m. by a free beginner ski clinic and the Challenge the Pro competition at 3 p.m. The Out Cold competition is 7 p.m. This true test of balance and agility is not for the faint of heart. Race down the ski hill with full pitchers in both hands. The contestant with the most liquid in their pitchers at the finish line wins. Topping off the day is the WinterFest party at 7 p.m. on Saturday, featuring live entertainment, prize giveaways, seasonal eats, local brews and more. Guests will receive a free ski lift ticket with a donation of two canned goods or nonperishable food items to a local charity. Bring the donations to Oglebay’s Winter Sports Complex on Saturday and receive one free lift ticket to hit the slopes during the WinterFest celebration. Get a jumpstart on WinterFest on Friday, Jan. 24, to watch an exclusive screening of Warren Miller’s 2019 ski film, “Timeless,” in Hickman Lounge at Wilson Lodge, at 8 p.m. Overnight packages available. 877-436-1797
Hear your favorite country tunes at “Shania and Tim – A Tribute to Shania Twain & Tim McGraw,” featuring Donna Huber and Adam D. Tucker, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Wheeling Island Showroom. $15-20. Tickets are available through the Wheeling Island Gift Shop or Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Libby Horacek, a Moundsville native who lives in Brooklyn, New York, was known as “Horrorcheck” — a roller derby skater with the Ohio Valley Roller Girls. In February, she’s releasing Derby Drama, a tabletop role-playing game inspired by her hometown roller derby days. Players roll dice to determine how fast and nimbly their characters can skate and how hard their characters can hit. While players can choose to set their stories at any time in roller derby’s history and anywhere in the world, Derby Drama’s default setting is based on Libby’s experiences playing the sport in the Ohio Valley. Libby will raise money for a print run of Derby Drama on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter in February, but she’s offering Wheeling-area residents a sneak peek at the game. Locals can sign up on the game’s website for a preview from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Vagabond Kitchen.
Become a game piece and play your way around the game board at Giant Board Game Night on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum.
PUSH, PULL, EBB, FLOW
The Prosers Present: WAVES at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre & Cinema. WAVES: They push and pull, ebb and flow. They can be a feeling, a sound, a type of energy. With many possibilities, this show will be full of variety and thought-provoking stories. Recommend for at least high school age. $5
YOUNG ARTISTS ON DISPLAY
Celebrating the talent and creativity of young artists, Oglebay Institute’s 31st annual Regional Student Art Exhibition is on display at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The exhibit provides high school students the opportunity to display their artwork in a professional gallery, see what other students are doing in the world of art, and collaborate and get feedback from art teachers, college professors and other students from throughout the region. The show can be viewed free of charge through Feb. 15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Evening hours are dependent upon classes and special events taking place. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
Live music that is familiar, yet not often performed, will be featured from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, as Undo’s Elm Grove presents the eclectic sounds of the Deep State band. This ensemble plays music designed to appeal to people over the age of 35, ranging from the Beatles to KT Tunstall and from Screaming Jay Hawkins to Tracy Chapman. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
LUNCH AT THE CROSSROADS
Wheeling — Crossroads of America is the topic of Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Ohio County Public Library. C.J. Kaiser will discuss a little-known event that took place in 1840 in Wheeling, Virginia. The talk was inspired by an 1840 broadside promoting Wheeling as host for a regional Whig Party political rally advocating the election of William Henry Harrison as president and John Tyler as vice president of the United States. Their slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” The talk explores Henry Clay’s connection to Wheeling and the prominent Wheeling men involved in organizing the Whig convention who would be divided by the familiar national issues that led to the Civil War. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
HAIL THE CAB
The perfect wine for a delicious rare filet mignon is a bold, tannic Cabernet from California. While Good Mansion Wines can’t offer the filet, they will offer the best list of California cabernets in the area at a wine tasting set for 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. $15 at the door, no reservations needed.
Friends of Wheeling and Wheeling Heritage will host the annual Preservation Forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the lower level of the Ohio County Public Library. Several speakers are lined up to share their preservation plans and successes. This event is open to the public.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• The Family Service-Upper Ohio Valley Valentine Dinner Dance is set for 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Wheeling Park’s White Palace. $25 per person; tickets must be purchased by Jan. 24 at 2200 Main St., first floor. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m.; dancing from 7-10 p.m. to music by Wally Merriman; 304-233-2350 ext. 105
UP THE ROAD …
• Hightower Brewing Company will present a new line of IIPAs, “Abstract Life,” a 12-part series released monthly. Each new IIPA will be a different recipe with a new can featuring abstract artwork by the students from Augusta Levy Learning Center. Ten percent of can sales from all 12 IIPAs will benefit ALLC. The first of this series will be released at noon on Saturday, Jan. 25.
• Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the Pittsburgh Cultural District. Produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the free, quarterly, multi-venue event showcases downtown’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. Dozens of galleries, stages, storefronts and unique public spaces dot each installment’s 14-block map of destinations, hosting U.S. premieres of international multimedia artists, regional visual art exhibitions, live music, theater and dance performances, film screenings, hands-on creative activities and special crawl after-dark attractions.
• Chase away the mid-winter blues to celebrate all things Scottish at the annual Robert Burns Supper set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Holy Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh. Join Rabbie revelers the world-over to salute the Scottish poet, songwriter and heartbreaker best known for “Auld Lang Syne” and “My Luv’s Like a Red, Red Rose.” Enjoy Scottish music, poetry, dance, food, drink and banter, plus raffle baskets and a selfie station. Performances by Macdonald Pipe Band, Celtic Spirit Highland Dancers, entertainer Patrick Regan (reciting the “Address to a Haggis”) and piper Palmer Shonk. Chris Bondi will give the Immortal Memory speech. The event is the nonprofit Macdonald Pipe Band’s annual fundraiser. Childcare will be provided onsite.
• Explore 125 real mummies and related artifacts from across the globe in Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, on display through April 19 at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. Only in Pittsburgh for a limited time, this blockbuster exhibition provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. The exhibition enthralls guests with dramatic displays of the mummies and their personal stories, as well as state-of-the-art multimedia stations that take visitors on a 4,500-year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created, both naturally and intentionally.
• By visitor demand, National Geographic: 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs, returns to Carnegie Museum of Natural History with 50 extraordinary images of animals in nature. Exemplifying the publication’s unmatched legacy of artistic, scientific and technical achievement, the 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs provide the perfect supplement for visitors exploring the museum’s acclaimed wildlife halls and engaging with its internationally renowned collections.
• Pittsburgh Public Theater starts 2020 with the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, Jan. 23 through Feb. 23, at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. In Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Mushnik (Marc Moritz) struggles to keep his Skid Row flower shop open. One day, his nerdy clerk, Seymour (Carnegie Mellon University grad Philippe Arroyo), brings in an odd horticultural find. He names it after his co-worker, Audrey (Lauren Marcus), with whom he is in love. But Audrey is dating a sadistic dentist, Orin (Patrick Cannon), so Seymour must content himself with nurturing his little bloom, Audrey II. He quickly discovers, however, that this plant isn’t like any other. It can talk and sing! (Monteze Freeland, voice of Audrey II). It can also dance and grow to amazing heights (J. Alex Noble, puppeteer of Audrey II). The flower just needs one thing in order to thrive: fresh human blood. 412-316-1600; ppt.org